Nottingham Forest midfielder Harry Arter has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad after picking up a “minor” injury, according to BBC Nottingham Sport.
Arter, who joined Forest from Bournemouth earlier this summer, was initially called up for Ireland’s trio of matches, but wasn’t available for the 3-0 defeat to England on Thursday evening – missing out on the chance of playing at Wembley for the first time since winning the Championship play-off final with Fulham.
And now, the 30-year-old has been ruled out of Ireland’s final two international games of 2020 – their Nations League ties against both Wales and then Bulgaria.
Arter will now return to Forest to undergo treatment on the problem, although, the severity, and area of the injury are yet to be announced by club or country.
Forest will be hoping to have Arter available for their Championship trip to Barnsley next Saturday, especially after seeing him miss two recent matches following an ankle problem.
Arter did return as a substitute for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wycombe at the City Ground, however.
#nffc midfielder Harry Arter has returned to the club from international duty with the Republic of Ireland. Has what's described as a minor injury. Didn't feature in the squad v England last night, and won't face Wales or Bulgaria. pic.twitter.com/hQHjcxxEbK
— BBC Nottingham Sport (@BBCRNS) November 13, 2020
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This injury pretty much sums up Arter’s stop-start opening few months at the City Ground.
He’s only made seven appearances in all competitions since making the switch from Bournemouth and he’ll be hoping that this minor setback is the end of his injury problems.